The temps dipped into the single digits on Thursday morning. The wind off the Ohio River turned anything liquid into a polar iceberg. And, the cold was so very cold that it turned the word “cold” into “cruelty.”

But inside 209 East Main Street in downtown Louisville — the soon-to-be-home of the Louisville Thoroughbred Society — things were heating up.

A construction crew at one end of the building was pulling up some of the original hardwood floor; was extracting the 100-year-old nails; and was piling up the masterpieces to use somewhere else. In the stead, rubber mats and new tile floors will be installed to help waterproof the proposed bathrooms and bar areas.

At the other of the historic Hughes Lofts, a crew were busy laying block to house a new elevator shaft that will transport friends and family throughout the building.

And, all through the building, roamed some serious new visitors and some high-ranking representatives from our great friends at Churchill Downs.

Here’s a look at some of the activities. If you want to join us in this exciting new venture, please go to our website at and review our membership application.

Our rolls are open. Later this year, our doors will be, too.